Marriage Counseling

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Marriage Counseling

Answering Common Questions

What is Marriage Counseling?
Who is marriage counseling for?

Marriage counseling isn’t just for couples in crisis. We work with couples seeking guidance from a marriage expert for a host of reasons. We work with:

  • couples seeking to grow great marriages
  • couples struggling with sexual issues in their marriage
  • couples struggling to keep their marriage alive
  • couples in crisis due to affairs, addiction, seperation, etc.
  • couples who have already divorced and want to explore reconciliation
What is a session like?
In sessions, we aim to create a relaxing, no-expectations environment where you (and your partner) can begin to discuss topics that have been difficult at home. No two individuals or couples are exactly alike, and we are sensitive to helping you define what is “satisfying” for you. You may start to notice change after a couple of sessions or quite a few sessions – but it is important to know that this gift takes time, patience and dedication to cultivate.
Why should I seek marriage counseling?
If you feel “stuck,” frustrated, confused, or anything other than satisfied with your sex life, you may benefit from partnering with trained professionals to discuss potential for improvement. Individuals and couples may often avoid counseling due to unknown expectations; we would love to meet with you to discuss these concerns and see if Building Intimate Marriages would be a good fit for you.

What issues are typically addressed in Marriage Counseling?

While clients may seek a marriage specialist for a variety of reasons, the following are examples of difficulty areas:

    • Communication
    • Affair recovery
    • Sexual problems and conflict over sex
    • “Falling out of love”
    • Control/anger/violence
    • Resolving baggage from the past
    • Parenting issues
    • Depression, anxiety and other emotional issues in marriage
    • Addiction
    • Finance/money issues
    • Trust and forgiveness
    • And many more…

    If you have a concern that is not listed, please feel free to ask.

Below are some of the blog posts written by our team that address issues related to marriage counseling. We invite you to take a look.

The Good News About Marriage

Would your view of marriage change if you knew the following were true? The actual divorce rate has never gotten close to 50 percent. Those who attend church regularly have a significantly lower divorce rate than those who don’t. Most marriages are happy. Simple...

Are You Cultivating Good Relationship Soil?

For most of human history, we have been personally tied to the land we live on as a source of sustenance. In this modern age, advancements in technology have all but severed this connection. While there is a move back to more locally grown food, chances are the food...

Empower Your Marriage with Grace

It can be difficult to know how to respond when our spouse’s actions negatively affect us. We want to be gracious people, as God has been gracious to us, but we also don’t want our grace to be taken advantage of and used as an excuse for our spouse to continue...

Balancing Closeness and Togetherness in Relationships

Many couples seek counseling to increase intimacy and feelings of closeness and connection. Likewise, these couples often report difficulty in the area of sexual desire, in particular, tension due to differing levels of sexual desire. Interesting to note, scholars and...

When She has the Stronger Drive

This article was written for my friend Shaunti Feldhahn's website - It is copied here but I recommend you also view it and the comments on her website. While there, sign up for her email list.  - Dr. Mike   When She Has the Stronger Sex Drive; Part One....

Thoughts on Desire, Sin, Affairs and Being Deceived…

Some thoughts on desire, sin, affairs and being deceived while reading the book of James... About 70% of my therapy load involves post-affair couples. One, or both, of the spouses have had an affair and they are in my office, at least in part, to restore their...

Where do You Choose to Fail?

I read an article a few years ago that looked at time management. The authors had calculated the amount of time it would take to complete everything we are told to do. They determined it would take someone over 30 hours to complete all the important daily tasks...